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Training Camp Position Breakdown: Tackle

Let’s begin our spin around the Rams roster breaking down every player and their role in the 2010 Rams, if they are going to make the team and their role in the future.  Today we are going to cover the tackle group.  With all the offensive lineman, there is some flexibility between tackle, guard and even center.

Jason Smith – Jason Smith is the uber athletic tackle the Rams selected in the 2nd overall selection in the 2009 NFL draft.  So far he has seemed more at home on the right tackle spot.  With the departure of Alex Barron and the arrival of Rodger Saffold, Smith may be sticking on the right side for the time being as he returns from offseason foot surgery.  Smith should not be shoehorned into the left tackle spot if he is not the best player for that position.  He had a lot of success on the right side when he was healthy in 2009.  However, Smith is still the Rams most athletic tackle when healthy and should make his way over to the left tackle spot sometime in the next few seasons.

Rodger Saffold – The Rams surprisingly picked Saffold at the top of the second round of the 2010 NFL draft and so far have not been disappointed.  The Indiana product is already working at left tackle with the first team offense.  Saffold should have some growing pains as most rookies do, but he is a solid addition to the Rams offensive line.

The rest of the tackles are after the jump!

Ryan McKee – Ryan McKee was picked up late in 2009 when he was put on waivers by the Jets.  McKee has the flexibility to play at either guard or tackle and should be a valuable addition to the Rams depth chart along their offensive line.

Phil Trautwein – The Rams picked up Trautwein out of Florida as a rookie free agent after the 2009 NFL draft.  The Rams briefly lost him as he was signed off the Rams practice squad by the Lions.  But the Rams soon returned the favor when they had an open roster spot by reacquiring Trautwein.  Trautwein and McKee will be battling to be the primary backup at tackle if Adam Goldberg is pressed into duty at a guard position.

Renardo Foster – Renardo Foster has been signed by the Rams twice in two seasons and he was cut last year at roster cutdown day.  Foster played well when he got on the fieldfor the Atlanta Falcons, but has had a lot of injury problems.  The Rams liked him enough to bring him back for a second training camp with the team, so he must have something the Rams like.

Eric Young – Young was a roster longshot last year, but made the active roster out of training camp.  His dream came true for only one week as he was cut to make room for two veteran players.  Young spent the rest of the year on the practice squad and looks to be another surprise player on the active roster in 2010.  I can’t see Young making the squad this year with the tackle additions the Rams have made.

Adam Goldberg – Goldberg is the Rams versatile and indispensable backup offensive lineman.  He can play well at four OL spots.  I think he is best at guard and he is currently in the training camp battle for the starting right guard position.  Goldberg will certainly make the roster and could possibly start for the Rams at right guard.

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